Febraury 25th – 26th (0800hrs – 1700hrs)

For 2022, the Orlando Fire Conference will run 3 different lectures at the same time allowing students to pick which they want to attend. All 3 lecture rooms will be repeated both days. Our Lecture Series will feature a diverse group of topics, lasting 2 – 4 hours each, and spanning from operational considerations to lessons learned. This program has something to offer for every rank and experience level.

Blitz Attack – 2hrs

Richard Stack (Chicago Fire Dept., IL)

Blitz Attack a tactic used by first-arriving Fire Suppression & Rescue companies to safely and efficiently mitigate fires which pose a critical life hazard and/or have a high potential for fire extension, both interior and exterior.  A Blitz Attack employs an offensive strategy by initially bringing the fire under control with a large volume of water from the exterior before commencing interior operations. This can be accomplished with a deck gun, a 2 ½ inch hose line, or a portable ground monitor.

75th Street Collapse Lessoned Learned – 2hrs

Richard Stack (Chicago Fire Dept., IL)

On December 22nd, 2010 the Chicago Fire Department responded to a fire in 1 story ordinary vacant building. The building collapsed trapping over 14 members and taking the lives of 2 other members. This class will talk about that event in what went right and what went wrong. We will look at lessoned learned and what changes took place within the Department. We will also talk about how being a part of this incident effected not just you but your family as well.

Leadership From the Bottom Up! – 2hrs

Dr. Candace Ashby (Indianapolis Fire Dept., IN)

This fun and engaging leadership class is designed to inspire, educate, and motivate attendees on how to help yourself, each other, and your organization! Attendees, from firefighters to fire chiefs, will walk away with valuable information on enhancing individual and organizational performance while reigniting your passion! Too many organizations have a disconnect between the administration and operations levels. Administrators need to tap into the massive amount of potential at the operations level more while the bottom needs to stop blaming everything on the administration and millennials.  We need to hit a reset button and get the entire organization on the same team if we are going to move forward. Change starts with each one of us. Change your behavior, change the culture, and change the entire organization! No matter the position you hold, you do make a difference. It is time we all do our part to strengthen the brotherhood. What does the ideal firehouse look like that you want to work at every day for the rest of your career and what are you doing to achieve it? If you are a firefighter stop complaining and start doing; if you are an officer stop blaming and start doing; if you are a chief, stop talking and start listening. We are all in this together and together we are stronger. If you are ready to lead the change then this class is for you!

Fireground Decision Making, Where Science Meets Art – 2hrs

Dennis P. Reilly (Pittsburg Fire Dept., PA)

The class will take an in -depth look at how fireground commanders make decisions on an emergency scene. It will incorporate topics such as the O.O.D.A. Loop, Recognition Prime Decision Making, & the UL Studies along with the more intuitive aspects of high stress decision making into a practical approach that can be used in any emergency response situation. With the scope of the information presented, this class is beneficial for both the upcoming incident commander and the veteran chief officer. 

Reflexive Readiness: Principles of Success in Initial On-Scene Operations – 4hrs

Corley Moore (Moore Fire Dept., OK)

Laying out the mindset and principles to build a culture of unconscious competence. Leading off with Simplified Decision making, and the concept that making decisions is simple if you understand your priorities. Then dissecting the amazing quote from Christopher Brennan:

“Fire ground tactical decision making is a complex process that is a synthesis of your experience, your training, your situational awareness, and your comfort level.”

Analyzing our levels of experience and how it interacts with our training and how we must find ways to maximize both. Then deep diving into the discussion of tunnel vision and how we can avoid it while maintaining our Situational Awareness, and how our comfort level plays into our decision making. And this is just the first hour!

Foundational Leadership-The Importance of Succession Planning – 4hrs

John Liska (Lake County Fire Rescue, FL)

 This course is a 4-hour Lecture Style Course that creates an open forum for both the instructor and the attendees to interact and share best practices related to the importance of building the foundation of your career and the impact that mentoring has on one’s professional and personal growth.